ANOTHER VIEW: If not now, when do we face our gun addiction?

ANOTHER VIEW: If not now, when do we face our gun addiction?

Austin-East Magnet High School in Knoxville, Tenn., on Monday was the scene of the most recent school shooting. It would be understandable if some wished that we could return to stricter sequestration. Not only because we would be safer from the risk of COVID, but because, especially at this time last year, several societal problems seemed blessedly diminished — including gun violence. On April 11, in Brooklyn Center, Minn., a police officer shot and killed a man after he had been stopped for an expired registration. The officer says she meant to use her Taser, not her gun, which she said she pulled by accident. The next day in Knoxville, Tenn., a scant 274 miles away, a high school student was killed and a police officer was injured after the student fired at officers who approached him. Then came Fed Ex and Indianapolis on Friday night. In Greensboro on Monday, a Winston-Salem man was fatally shot. Not to mention the record year in homicides in Greensboro in 2020, most of them shootings, that have continued at a troubling rate into 2021. These follow a mass shooting in Boulder, Colo., on March 22, that killed 10 people and a shooting in Atlanta on March 16 in which eight were killed. They are unrelated incidents — every shooting is unique — except for one key ingredient: a firearm According to Education Week’s school shooting tracker, there were 25 school shootings in 2019; 10 in 2020 — likely reduced because of sequestration […]

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